Fri 27 November, 2015 @ 11:45 AM
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Sorry it has been so long since we've presented an update. There's just been so much going on lately that we've barely been able to catch our breath let alone sit and write this. We're still here though and still ready to rock.

I hate to start this on a down note but we do have some sad news to report. As most of you are aware DJ Medrina has decided to leave us. We are sad for us and we'll miss her, however not to worry Play Anything fans. We hear she's found a new home with Happy Tentacle radio. We wish her all the best in her new venture!

Her leaving did leave us with a hole in our schedule though. We've decided to fill that spot with a new show we're calling #thestream. If you hadn't guessed by the title, that hashtag is what you can use to interact with us on social media. We'd love to hear from you! So what is #thestream? Well basically it's whatever we want. For right now DJ Daydreaming will be your host from 9 pm until 1 am eastern time. However, we're keeping this show open for any of our talented DJ's to play around with. You can expect to hear a mix of genres, DJ's, and formats. Sometimes it will be roleplay, sometimes not, depending on who takes the stream. Whatever it is, we know it will be fun.

Speaking of fun, there's not much more fun than a Grindhouse Party. DJ Nicksa is back off of her hiatus and back to the airwaves. You can catch the lovely and talented Nicksa every Saturday night from 8pm until 11pm eastern.

You can also expect some more cool new shows coming your way in the near future. We have a number of applicants right now that we're really excited about. One of those is a return and a blast from the past that I know will make a lot of you happy. I don't want to say too much more than that though, but do keep your eyes peeled for news of our newest DJ's coming soon!

Time flies when we're having fun and the holidays are right around the corner. There's no doubt that between ourselves, Funcom, ARK, and you guys there will be plenty of events to be had this holiday season. We'll keep you updated as we know more.

In the meanwhile, keep being awesome and thanks for listening!

It's been awhile since we've done a proper news post and boy do we have a lot to talk about!

There's one thing on our news post that has been mentioned any number of times, usually at the end of the post, but this time I'm moving it straight to the top and that is the AO Community Relations Lead role that we've been looking to fill for quite some time now. Guess what though? We did it!!! We found someone foolish enough...er...I mean clever and creative enough to want to take on this role! Please join me in congratulating DJ Krayl! Don't worry you will still get your weekly dose of Digital Obsessions. However in addition to his DJ duties he's going to be helping us out with kicking things up with and for the AO Community. We're so excited and really can't wait to see what tricks he has up his sleeve! Grats, Krayl!

One thing I want to mention while I'm on the topic of DJ's. This is just a quick reminder that Nicksa is taking a little break from the Grindhouse while she takes care of some things in RL. However, we're still very committed to bringing you liveness as much as we possibly can. DJ Daydreaming will be filling in as much as she can but we'll keep you posted with any other coverage.

Also! Events!!

The Cabal Pride Variety Show is coming to you live this Saturday, September 12 at 3:00 PM EDT. Nine Swords will be your hosts and DJ Trevalin will be spinning the tunes at the Ealdwic Park Stage. Several Cabals will be there and you can show off your crazy, cool, and funky talents as you look for the Cabal that's just right for you. Don't worry, the Cabals will also be doing some showing off. After all it helps to join a Cabal where you know everyone is on the same wacky page as you are!

Speaking of wacky...Ok, pirates aren't really wacky I guess, but if you guys could hear my pirate impression you might think that I am! If you're going to practice your pirate impression, this is the time of year for it. Talk Like a Pirate Day is Saturday, September 19 and Gridstream Productions is partying in true pirate fashion. We're kicking things off in Anarchy Online with DJ's Gemmikins and Joanwilder. They'll be getting started at 5:00 pm EDT at the ICC Hub. Not to worry though TSW fans. DJ Daydreaming takes over at 8:00 pm EDT from TSW. In case you're wondering if you've read that right, you have. Not just 1, not just 2, but 3 Lovely Ladies of Gridstream will be spinning the pirate numbers for you. That's what we call a party!

So what happens after Pirate Day? Well considering it's a GSP Party and it falls on a weekend and it's bound to be epic, that probably means spending a day nursing a hangover. But what happens after that??? Well in this part of the world at least, the weather starts to turn a bit cooler as autumn arrives. If autumn is here, that means pumpkin-flavored everything. It also means the arrival of Uncle Pumpkinhead, Spooky Stories, Halloween Leets, and Jack O'Lantern. We don't know yet what goodies Funcom may have in store for us, but we can promise that there will be spooky themed events in both AO and TSW. We'll keep you posted via these forums, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Oh wait...you didn't know that GSP had an Instagram? Well let me be the first to tell you then. You can find us on https://instagram.com/gridstream/. We'll be posting event posters here as well as screenshots from our shows. Check it out!!

I also have a couple of other reminders for you guys:

Saints and Sinners Club is hosting an Art Competition. This competition started on September 1 and is running the whole month of September. You can submit your entries (or to get more info) via twitter to @SnSTSW or on http://saintsandsinnersclub.tumblr.com/ or on TSW-RP.com under the Events section. This contest promises a ton of great prizes so don't be shy, you might as well try!

Also, we know it's not even pumpkin time yet, but for some of us it is time to start thinking about Christmas. Jezebelle, Leader of the GSP Dancers, has posted her annual Christmas Brainstorming Thread. This is where you can make your suggestions for Funcom to create for Christmas this year. Submissions are open for both TSW and AO. You can find the details and make your suggestions here: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=27636


Ok I think that's quite enough news for now! If you're still with me, thanks for reading this far and as always, thanks for listening!!


Greetings listeners!

So, remember that upgrade to 96kb/MP3 we tried? Yeah...that didn't work out so well. It turns out that AAC+ kicks the heck out of MP3 for audio quality. And, we like to sound good. So, the good news is that our stream upgrade to 96kb AAC+ has us sounding as good as ever. The bad news? That means the webplayer still won't play nice with some browsers (hi Firefox!). Hopefully that is something that developers will eventually figure out. Until then, there's always our super easy GridStream Player to use. :)

Continuing with the theme of "more is better" we have some news on the station management front. Frankly, it's become too much for any one person to handle this much awesome....I mean, uh...work! So, GSP is moving to a new business model consisting of a team of Station Managers.

This six-pack of superstars consists of...


As the station owner, I'm extremely excited about handing the keys to this fantastic group of people. If you have a question about anything GSP-related, just reach out to any of our station managers and they can help you out.

You can expect to see some pretty amazing things in the near future as we continue to strive to be as kickass a station as possible for the communities of AO and TSW.

As always, thanks for your support! :)


Hello listeners!

We just wanted to give you a heads up that we made a minor change under the hood this morning to upgrade our stream bitrate and switch from AAC+ to MP3 format. What does this mean to you? Probably not much...unless you were tuned in when I made the switch. In that case, your player may have freaked out until you restarted it. ;)

This change will provide a slight improvement in our audio quality while also allowing our new webplayer on player.gridstream.org to play nicer with most web browsers.

Please let us know if you have any issues! This is just round one of some changes on the horizon as we always look for ways to seem cooler than we actually are. :)

- Ashval

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